Criminal Law

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Criminal Law

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Criminology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module aims: - to examine the origins and purpose of criminal law, including an examination of ever-evolving definition of criminal behaviour; - to consider the elements of a crime (actus reus, mens rea); - to explore the common law rules and legislation regulating the criminal law, with an investigation of the context in which such rules have developed; - to develop the necessary skills to determine criminal liability, construct defences and critically analyse the criminal law. 

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Outline the function of criminal law in society;
    2. Recount the basic principles of criminal law, and the context of their development and application;
    3. Describe and apply the rules of criminal law;
    4. Solve realistic problems with reference to case law and legislation;
    5. Critique the development of Irish criminal law in relation to particular offences and defences.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.